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Inception is the new film from Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed director of films such as Momento, The Prestige and The Dark Knight.
The lead character of Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond, Titanic, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island), is essentially a freelance corporate espionage agent. He and his team invade the dreams of high powered individuals, and construct dream worlds that enable them to steal their secrets. Cobb is soon hired to do the supposedly impossible. Inception. The planting of an idea into the mind of another person. In true heist-movie style, he must them assemble a team of the best in order to stand a chance of succeeding, whilst dealing with his own personal demons.
The general ideas within Inception are hardly original, but have all been combined to make something reasonably different and enjoyable. Take a dash of Mission Impossible mixed with a little of any heist movie, slip in a hefty portion of James Bond action, throw in a chunk of Dreamscape, the mind-bending industrial espionage and the worlds-within-worlds of eXistenZ or Cypher and then a heavy dose of tragically misunderstood hero, and Voila!
On the plus side, I think DiCaprio gives his best performance since Blood Diamond, simply because now and again you do occasionally think of him as the character, rather than DiCaprio 'acting' (See my review of Revolutionary Road for a better idea of what I mean). The story also becomes more interesting as it proceeds, changing from a slightly underwhelming heist-style thriller with a twist, to the realisation that the surface plot is simply a device to aid in dealing with the deeper character story (which could almost be a contemporary/future retelling of DiCaprio's previous film, Shutter Island).
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